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Under Pressure Book Review

Under Pressure - Lori Foster

Okay, so I usually like this author. I really enjoyed reading her MMA series. But this was pretty awful, especially the audiobook. Not much happened. It was very much a slow build until maybe the last 50 pages or so. And even the climax of the story wasn't very exciting. There are more in this series but I don't plan to read it. Definitely disappointing for a Lori Foster book. 

What I've been up to..

Man, life has gotten busy! I used to book blog a lot more because I used to read a lot more than I do now. Luckily I still have time to fit in a book or two and to listen to audiobooks every now and then. I do miss it. 

 

I landed my dream job as a children's librarian in April, I've been searching for so long to find full time employment so I'm thrilled that I LOVE my job and everything about it. 

 

I've also been selling clothes on the side to make some extra cash. No not LLR. This is called Agnes and Dora and I tell you, I am obsessed with our inventory. I get to hand choose items. We have sizes ranging in XXS-XXL. We have pants, leggings, tops, dresses and they are all so on TREND. Here are some examples. You can order any time on my website link below and you can join my FB group for some fun and games! Lots to go around. Feel free to check them out!

 

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His Stolen Bride

His Stolen Bride (Brother in Arms Book 2) - Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley

I listened to this book. It wasn't as terrible as I'd expected. Definitely uber cheesy. I've also have never read this author, I know she write some hard core romance (erotica) but I'd say this is very tame. There are some terrible analogies, and a horrible irish accent for the audio. BUT, I was expecting to not even finish this. So I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the overall plot. I may read this author again knowing to be careful of my selections. 

 

It also definitely doesn't matter if you have read the first one. May have to give that one a try. I assume its about one of the other men in the books :). 

Turtles all the Way Down Book Review

Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

The more I read John Green books I become increasingly unimpressed with his writing style. And I know that is a very big unpopular opinion. I just feel like not a lot happens in hist stories. This one is a good example of that. I would have liked more focus on mental health issues that the main character and less about weird Star Wars fanfiction and billionaire boyfriends. All of that felt very memorable. 

 

I did find it to be a quick read. I just didn't enjoy the overall plot - similar to Papertowns. I tend to read Green books just because everyone else does but I don't know that they are something I'll be excited about in the future. 

The Cowboy Christmas Hero Book Review

The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas) - Donna Grant

I loved this book. This is a fun Christmas story for the holiday's. I didn't feel that it overdid the Christmas theme. 

 

Back home, on the ranch is the last place Clayton, former Navy Seal wanted to be for the Holiday's. But when his mother calls desperate for his help he's obligated to help. 

 

Abby and her brothers are all that's left of her family, and as the oldest sibling its up to her to take care of her family. When her younger brother is caught steeling cattle she's thrown into Clayton's family. 

 

It's nothing out of the ordinary for a romance (especially the ending). But its enjoyable, fun and a quick read. I loved the family aspect of this book, especially the siblings. I always want more books with sibling characters.

History is All You Left Me Book Review

History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

I'll be honest, I struggled to finish this. I didn't like the whole second person point of view. I get that this is a book about mourning and loss which is fine, it just bored me. I couldn't care less about Theo (the one who died) and Griffin, our main character that is struggling. I'm sure many loved this as it is a popular author. Its just one of those books that is not my thing. 

Before the Devil Breaks You Book Review

Before the Devil Breaks You: The Diviners, Book 3 - Libba Bray, January LaVoy, Listening Library

Sigh. I have very mixed feelings about this. I love the first one, enjoyed the second one and feel like this book three is very fillerish for the final book. A lot of the scaryness is gone. It's very political and not at all why I started this series and got so invested. I'm one of those people that like to read, be entertained without the necessities of making everything political. 

 

I love Theta and Memphis. They are probably my favorite characters in the book. Jericho didn't do much this time around and even Evie was a little boring at times. Its a long one and half of it wasn't necessary. 

 

I'll still read the next one but I'm hoping Libba Bray has more of that scary, ghostly goodness left for this series. 

Wonder Woman Book Review

Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo

I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare there. It does make me want to watch it though. I love Leigh Bardugo. She's a fantastic writer and does her characters very well. I love Dianna. She's badass and funny. I loved the scenes of her in our world for the first time. 

 

I'm excited for Marie Lu's Batman book and any upcoming DC super hero books like these. As long as they choose the right authors for them I can see myself loving all of them. 

Girl at War Book Review

Girl at War: A Novel - Sara Nović

Wow this was powerful. I had to read this for a YA book training coming out and fount it an interesting book to choose for teens considering its not exactly YA. But it was so good. I was hooked from the beginning and really felt the emotions of the main character. 

 

Ana was ten years old when she witnessed her parents death in Crotia. Now she's an adult in America living under a different name with her adopted parents. A better life. But nobody really know's who she is or where she comes from. But the truth is about to come out. 

 

This packed a punch straight from the beginning. I don't know much about Crotia and their civil war. But I certainly gained perspective from this book. I'd recommend it easily. And I'm curious to what the teens at this event will feel about this book. 

Monster in the Closet Book Review

Monster in the Closet (The Baltimore Series) - Karen Rose

This is my first Karen Rose novel. I don't read a lot of adult thrillers so I thought I'd branch out. I live in Maryland and especially liked that I recognized a lot of the scenery in Hunt Valley and Baltimore. 

 

It took a while for me to really get into Monster in the Closet. The last 100 or so pages were pretty exciting and fast paced. I wish more of it was the same. There are several characters this follows from the bad guys, to the parents and the children so it almost took too long for me to get into. 

 

I enjoyed it enough to probably read more by this author in the future. The only problem is I don't think I'll remember this one a year from now or even in a few months. 

Gabi, A Girl In Pieces

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces - Isabel Quintero Flores

I have very mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed the character. I liked the diversity. Gabi, being a fat Mexican girl was refreshing. 

 

This deals with a lot of difficult topics in life, teenage pregnancy, rape, overdoses, sex, etc. Many teens will probably relate to them,. 

 

I dunno, I just felt like it was almost too preachy for me to enjoy? I get it, these topics need to be talked about. But that's what it felt like this book was doing. Just preaching tough choices and tough teen issues. I wanted more. 

 

I enjoyed the poetry throughout the book. Its not terrible, just not a favorite of mine. I'd probably recommend it if you love YA contemporary. Chances are you will enjoy this one. 

Air By Ryan Gattis

Air - Ryan Gattis

I have very mixed feelings about this one. Grey, a 17 year old boy has to move to Baltimore City after his mother's death. There he befriends a motorcycle riding group of kids who do dangerous stunts to antagonize the police. 

 

And that's what I didn't like. How much these boys were trying to make a point and were doing all this trick riding JUST to antagonize the cops. It ticked me off. And felt a little unrealistic. I'm from Maryland, and while I don't live in the city I think the cops there have a lot more to worry about than teenagers riding dirt bikes.

 

And while I get what the author is trying to do here I think the point gets a little murky. I would have liked to know a little more about the main character and less about the bike riding (again, why?). 

 

It has really good reviews, so this may be another one of those its not for me but it might be for you type of books. 

Flying Lessons Book Review

Flying Lessons & Other Stories - Ellen Oh

I'm not a huge short story reader nor a big fan of middle grade books but this was cute and a fast read. Grace Lin had my favorite story. I'm not sure if a middle grade student would really enjoy this one as the stories tend to end too quickly (hence why I never like short stories myself). 

 

I'll be hearing Ellen Oh speak next month so I'll be curious to see what she has to say about this book. 

 

Defy the Stars Book Review

Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray

This reminds me a bit of Illuminae with the space setting. Except Illuminae does it soooo much better. I never fully got into Defy the Stars. The audiobook was tough to get into as I hate when they have two narrators but don't use it for the character all the way through. 

 

There are robots, an interstellar wars and of course a romance brewing. The ending didn't do too much to hold me over so not sure if I will read the next one. 

The Porcupine of Truth Book Review

The Porcupine of Truth - Bill Konigsberg

Not for me. I didn't enjoy the characters. I thought it was obnoxious how the author constantly complained about religion. I get that its supposed to be a coming of age story and about finding yourself, especially in the LGBTQ community. It just didn't do it for me. 

Vigilante Book Review

Vigilante - Kady Cross

I seem to be on a losing streak with books lately. This was just full of ich factor for me. It felt very squeamish most of the time. A book about a girl making revenge on her dead best friends rapists. Yea, it goes there. I didn't love the main character. I get it, rapists go free and something needs to be done about it. But nothing in this book was okay. I couldn't get past the idea. It got very far fetched in the end as well. 

 

If anything, I'll give credit it where its due, I probably won't forget this one anytime soon.